Palm Beach Rotary Club hopes for biggest crowd yet at annual Beachside Festival


Palm Beach Rotary members Rae Heston, Kevin McDonnell and Claudia Wells. Picture: Jon Hewson
Palm Beach Rotary members Rae Heston, Kevin McDonnell and Claudia Wells. Picture: Jon Hewson

PALM Beach Rotary’s annual Beachside Festival will expect its biggest crowd yet this year with 1000 people predicted to enter the annual four fun runs on April 29.

Festival committee chairwoman Claudia Wells said 100 people had registered so far.

“Last year’s festival attracted 641 runner registrations – up hugely on the 90 who registered for the first Rotary Beachside Festival in 2016,” she said.

The festival’s longest race, the half marathon, and all of the runs were priced to suit families and young people.

“The half marathon at $33 is the cheapest 21.1km half marathon around,” Ms Wells said.

“The other three races including the 2.5km will be $5.50, the 5km will be $11 and the 10km will be $16.50 with the watercraft race costing an extra fee as well.

“We’re also talking to the surf lifesaving club about a water craft race for surf skiers, kayakers and stand-up paddle boarders to participate in this year,” she said.

“However, registrations aren’t open just yet.”

Ms Wells said this year the festival would focus on active living.

“We’re hoping to put on a bit more of a health and fitness focus with the stores so they will offer the best facilities and services for runners,” she said.

“Community groups will be there on the day as well as food vendors, some sales stores and we’re hoping to provide guest services as well, including physiotherapists, massage experts and any store providing for active living.”

Activities including laser tag, a high ropes course, a climbing wall, a bouncy obstacle course and entertainment will also be available on the day.

“The half marathon will set off from 7am in the morning and it should finish at 2pm, which is earlier this year than previous years,” Ms Wells said.

Registrations are open at www.runningcalendar.com.au and they close at midnight on April 22.

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